Founded in August 2010 the Newport Rowing Club is a local organization with the mission to provide education, training, instruction, and participation in amateur rowing while developing the healthy minds, bodies, and character of student athletes.
John Cohn was named Head Coach in August 2010. John comes to us with experience rowing at the Miami Beach Rowing Club, University of Delaware and the Pennsylvania Athletic Club, where he won the USRowing National Championships and Royal Canadian Henley Regatta. He was also selected for the US Maccabi Games Rowing Team in 2007. John was assistant Head Coach at WYRA from 2008-2010 and coached the Senior Lightweights for Penn AC’s prestigious summer program in 2009. John is co-founder of Newport Rowing Club and is a US Junior National Team Coach and administrator for its Jr. Men's Camp Development Damp at Bates College, ME, for Junior National “hopefuls.”
Born and raised in Ann Arbor, MI, Naomi first encountered rowing her freshman year of college. She joined the rowing team at the University of Cincinnati as a coxswain for the women's team and continued coxing for all four years of her eligibility. As a college freshman she placed first at the Marietta Regatta in the Women's Novice 8+. The following years, she and her fellow rowers put the University of Cincinnati Women's team back on the map, including making it to the grand finals at ACRA in the Women's Varsity 8+. After college she continued as a coxswain for multiple boats at Wilmington Rowing Club. She coxed a women's 4+ to a 2nd place finish at the Head of the Schulkyll in 2014, then returned the next year with the University of Delaware Alumni Women's 8+ to place first. She began at Newport Rowing Club as an assistant coach in the fall of 2015 and her love of the sport and the team lead her back for a full time position. Naomi has grown to love rowing passionately and is looking forward to instilling the same love of the sport in all the rowers she coaches.
Assistant Varsity Coach
Phone: (302) 998-4000
Annie joins the Newport Rowing Club coaching staff with seven years of rowing experience as she enters her senior year at the University of Delaware. Annie started rowing as a freshman at Glastonbury High School in Glastonbury, CT in 2010. During her time there, she helped the program earn two bronze medals at the CT state championships, two guaranteed HOCR entries in the Varsity 8, and currently still holds the second best 2k record in program history. Annie then rowed at the University of Rhode Island for one year before transferring to UD for the remainder of her college career. Annie helped the UD rowing team earn a bronze medal in the 4+ at the CAA conference championships in 2017, as well as a 5th place finish in the grand finals at the Dad Vail Regatta in the 4+. Annie comes to Newport hoping to inspire Newport’s young women and help them to reach their maximum potential.
Middle School Coach
Phone: (302) 998-4000
A Newport Rowing Club alumna, Erin first cultivated her love for rowing as a sophomore at Padua Academy. Beginning as a non-competitive rower and moving up to compete in varsity competitions in her senior year, she raced in a Women’s Lightweight 4+ in the 2013 US Rowing Youth National Championships. She graduated from the University of Delaware and has now returned to NRC to continue her rowing career as the middle school coach, hoping to inspire the same love for the sport that she found as a young athlete.
Karen Cunningham has had the opportunity to work with middle and high school students for the last 30 years with her job teaching in the Garnet Valley School District. She made her way to NRC through her daughter, Maggie, who rowed at NRC during her four years at Padua. She loved the sport so much that she continues to row at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh
Team Mascot and Very Good Boy
Judah's been with the team since August of 2013 and has been a major contributor since day 1. His responsibilities include greeting folks at the door, helping athletes with their crunches and demonstrating proper nap technique.